His misaligned whiskers were a statement ( the story about how he got them is fascinating).
Acquired by Legacy Antiques in 1966, this lion was in my Grandmother’s until about 1938 when he came to stay in the parent’s home. The poodle is seated with the front legs not separated from the body.
The ‘fur’ on the dog illustrated, was made by passing the clay through a sieve and applying it to the dog’s body. This pair of spaniels have a different shape to their head and ears (male versus female).
The figure was acquired from my grandparents in 1905, given to my parents in 1935 and entered the Antique Legacy inventory in 1965.
This remarkable lion sat in my Grandmother’s home and his face, glass eyes, and wonderful whiskers were the source of many nighttime stories.
When the movie, ‘Wizard of Oz’ was released, I thought he was the cowardly lion.
He is 14” x 11” long and sits, legs crossed, on double stepped pinth.
The collar is gilded and features a locket and the gilt is perfect. She is sitting, her front legs are separate, her tail is curled to the left; her coat is well nicely done. She has been posing this way since about 1860’s -1870’s. They are gilded, with their collars, lockets, chains, and all over the front of their body, some rubbing of the gilt.
The unusual decoration to these spaniels is the red colour used to delineate the dog’s mouth and is very distinctive.( see Figs 4479/4480 in Victorian Staffordshire Dogs, A.& N. They are seated with their tails erect, curling upwards (see Figures 4467/4468).
There are three small holes in the back of the collar, the back near the rear legs, and the base. This charming pair of spaniels are 9.75” in height and have original glass eyes and gild collars, chains, and lockets.
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I know this because I was the one that broke it when I was three years old, and I will never forget that day.
The figure has a break that was professionally repaired.